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How to Eat to Win

How to Eat to Win

During spring of my senior year at Croton Harmon High School in the 1981 in the Hudson Valley, Tom Carvel, the Greek founder of the Westchester based franchise introduced the “buy one get one free,” gimmick. The Carvel franchise claims that it invented that marketing idea. We high school kids in Croton-on-Hudson literary ate that ice cream sales gimmick up. In the early 1980s, Tuesday became Sunday (ice cream Sundays) at Carvel for me and my classmates. We piled into old beat up Chevys, Fords, and Dodges and caravaned to the Carvel located around the corner from the A &P north west of the village of Croton-on-Hudson. Imagine this, just an hour before lacrosse practice and games, teammates and I would down two ice cream Sundays! I would order a Sunday made from scratch with vanilla soft-serve ice cream, strawberries in syrup, and chopped nuts. As a a lacrosse player at Syracuse University we would eat 3 to four hours before a game to be sure our food had been digested. Boy that was good but foolish! Now that I know better, I encourage young athletes to hydrate like crazy and I mean water perhaps infused with lemon hours before a game, particularly in hot weather. Stay away from products that don't digest rapidly in your stomach such as nuts and meats. Eat plenty of bananas and oranges which are full of potassium because it will keep you from getting Charlie horses/painful muscle contractions that will lock you up and keep you from playing.

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